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Barry Geraghty faces a tough decision as Nicky Henderson finalises his running plans for Kempton's Christmas meeting

Last Updated: 09/12/12 12:15pm

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Barry Geraghty: Has to decide whether to give the thumbs up to Finian's Rainbow or Riverside Theatre

Barry Geraghty: Has to decide whether to give the thumbs up to Finian's Rainbow or Riverside Theatre

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Barry Geraghty will have to make a decision on his William Hill King George VI Chase mount "sooner rather than later" according to Nicky Henderson.

The Lambourn handler hopes to run three in the Boxing Day showpiece at Kempton with Long Run, who will be ridden by Sam Waley-Cohen, lining up alongside Ryanair Chase winner Riverside Theatre and Queen Mother Champion Chase hero Finian's Rainbow.

Geraghty has the choice of the two and Henderson would rather have his plans in place.

"Riverside worked at Kempton on Monday and went very well with Darlan and Grandouet, who comes out this weekend (in the International Hurdle at Cheltenham), Darlan will probably wait for the Christmas Hurdle," Henderson told At The Races.

"We've always planned to send Riverside straight to the King George as he goes so well fresh, he's won first time out every time. He's in great order.

"Finian's Rainbow will also join the party and Long Run seems very well in himself now. He had a race at Haydock but he was in great form yesterday, so those three almost certainly head to the King George.

"I would have to leave the decision on jockeys to Barry. We'll have to discuss it sooner rather than later as we'll have to make alternative plans (for either Riverside Theatre or Finian's Rainbow)."

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